There are about 850,000 people with dementia, two thirds of whom live in the community and one third in care homes. Over 75% of care home residents are living with dementia.
There are currently 550,000 carers in England, who provide essential care to individuals living with dementia. Dementia presents a significant burden for both formal and informal care sectors. Incidence of depression among caregivers of people with dementia has been estimated at between 40 and 60% which contrasts sharply with 8% reported in non-caregivers of similar age. Carers with increased social and personal engagement with dementia patients are known to experience less psychological stress.
DementiaCare online is an innovative solution to bring dementia friendly Information technology to create their own world and an opportunity to go back to their good times through various features of the system Our innovative solutions helps retaining cognitive ability and through stimulation, extending the quality of life for the person living with dementia. Our system helps the elderly, or people with dementia, to engage in various activities like watching their favourite movies, listening to music, communicating with family and friends etc., which requires less intervention or medication. The activities benefit people with dementia as they experience less anxiety and aggression. Research by Brown University in the US found that people with dementia who listened to music tailored to their tastes and memories, needed less anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medications Moreover as they will be busy with activities either online or offline, it will require less of carers’ time or services. This in turn helps Care Homes / Service providers to extend quality care with a limited work force.
DementiaCare Online is a people-centered space for persons with Dementia, which helps carers focus on the person’s abilities, not their impairments and without making assumptions about what Dementia people can or can’t do.
Caring for someone with dementia often requires a great deal of time and patience, and it can cause stress.. The system will enable carers to get to know the persons with dementia better, which help them socially engage more with them and in turn make them less stressed. This encourages self expression which in turn improves the quality of care thereby reducing carer stress and helps them enjoy of what they undertake.
My World helps people with dementia to stir their memories, foster their emotional connections with others, encourages their self-expression, lessen the anxiety and irritability that dementia may bring and make them feel more engaged with life, all these brings quality of life and reduces the stress on the caregivers. It also helps carers regain valuable time previously lost to behaviour management issues. This makes their work more interesting and tension free. As the person will be busy with activities either online or offline, it will also reduces the burden on carers, leading to greater productivity and retention.
My world is ‘personalization in action’ this will help to manage support and improve their lives. My World’. The activities will have benefits for the people with dementia and they experience less anxiety and aggression.Learn More
This feature helps the individual to store images and videos in which they were involved in an act of dancing or singing during a specific occasion, or playing games etc. This could be through video/audio clips, pictures etc.Learn More
Care plans provide direction for individualized care of the dementia patient.
A care plan flows from each patient's unique list of diagnoses and organize by the individual's specific needs
The system will warn if the persons wander beyond designated area or in heavy traffic or area which is accident prone. We are using GPS technology to create Geo fences and track dementia patients effectively.Learn More
DementiaCare online - Get to know me, helps to work closely with the person with dementia to create or maintain a routine which will keep them fully occupied using cutting edge technology. People with dementia just have to click on the intuitive icons to connect to rich features of the system which will keep them busy and happy. If the person's dementia worsens over time, carers or people working with them can make use of the system’s variety of communicative and technological solutions, which help bring back memories, making them happy and give them a feeling of togetherness with their loved ones.
Elderly people or people with dementia whether in Care or at their own home benefit from DementiaCare on line’s ability to create their own world. My world is ‘personalization in action’. This is an information and Communication Technology platform which helps to engage dementia people and bring life to their day to day activities.
DementiaCare online – My World is aimed not only at people living with dementia, but also at managers and staff in the care sector, and those who organize activities for people with dementia. It's a plain ICT platform using mainstream technologies – you don't need to be technically minded.
My world has screen icons like My Music, My Films, My Documentaries, My Hobbies, My Memories and My Family. Once users choose the desired feature it shows a list. It uses dementia friendly technology to create their own world and stay in touch with their friends and family via chat or video facilities or enjoy hobbies or listening to their favourite music. These activities will benefit people with dementia and they will express less anxiety or aggression.
This feature brings the family and friends in one group. Family and friends anywhere in the world can participate in video/chat by click on the picture of person/group.
The My Videos section helps to store videos of family members and friends and of special occasions like birthday parties or anniversaries etc., in a single location. The videos can be categorised into Family, Friends, Special occasions and any other occasion which will be memorable for the person. This helps the elderly or people with dementia to define their own groups and store these files according to their preference.
This feature enable user to search and find out all favourite movies and documentaries. It enables them to create a collection of all movies and documentaries which the person would like to watch any time. It could also be categorised into various groups for easy access.
This is also a unique feature of the application where the user can search the internet for their favourite song or audio tracks. All the songs or audio tracks related to the search criteria are listed in the application from where they can add all those, which they would like to, into the favourite section. This can later be played by just a click and reunite them with their sweet memories keeping them happy.
This is yet another unique feature of the application where the user can upload videos, images or audio tracks related to their hobbies. This could also be viewed by clicking on the corresponding items. The My Hobbies feature helps elderly people or people living with dementia to enjoy their favourites like Knitting, Ball Room dancing etc. which reminds them of their former activities taking them back to their good old times.
Mind Games is a means of mental stimulation and entertainment for elderly people. There are over two hundred mind games listed in the library which the user can access online. This is yet another feature which will help keep them occupied and content.
This feature helps the individual store images and videos in which they were involved in an act of dancing or singing during a specific occasion, or playing games etc. The system will store video of favourite dances which people with dementia can play and mentally get involved. This could be through video clips, pictures, audio clips etc.
This feature helps the individual store images and videos of the activities in which they were involved for example dancing or singing during a specific occasion, or playing games etc. The system will store video of favourite dances, Bingos which people with dementia can play and mentally get involved. This could be through video clips, pictures, audio clips etc.
Mind games are mostly intended to improve thinking capability of people living with Dementia. Games for people with Alzheimer’s / Dementia can be low-tech, high-tech, or anything in between. E.g. Bingo has been shown to have positive effects when played by Alzheimer’s and other person with Dementia. Mind games should be enjoyed every day by people of all ages, so it certainly is age-appropriate; and it is easy to understand and play, so it is stage-specific for anyone except those in the very last stages of the disease. It requires that the person distinguish and match colours and shapes, so it is beneficial at a cognitive level. A combination of games which involves various skill evaluations will be desirable. Suitable games and activities can be stored in their world and is just click away.
Care plan provides direction for individual care imparted to a patient. A care plan flows from each patient's unique list of diagnoses and is usually organized by the individual's specific needs. The care plan is a means of communicating and organizing the actions of changing nursing staff. Care Plans provide an easy way to organize and maintain the needs of a patient even between shift changes of the nursing staff. The care plan specifically outlines observations to be made, nursing actions to be carried out and instructions to the client or family members, if necessary.
Customizable Assessment templates enable carers to modify and store assessment templates according to their needs. The system allows basic templates to be amended, or used as is, by furnishing necessary information and saving the changes. Each time the assessment is amended, the latest amendment will be shown in the system and the previous versions will be archived to the respective service user’s Document Library.
The Document Library feature enables carers to store all documents, lab reports, Scan reports etc. pertaining to the Service user, for future reference. It also allows easy access to documents and images of service users. The document library access is strictly based on security roles as defined by the carer or authorized person.
The Care Organizer helps care staff to keep track of assessments and care plans due, along with the due date and time, through proper reminders. The organizer also helps service users to identify their needs thus enabling timely attention and care leading to failsafe care and satisfaction. Care Plans are highly portable and can be accessed from anywhere through tablets and other mobile devices.
My Safety is a feature for tracking Elderly or patients with dementia, who could not make up by themselves from where they are. Location and tracking technology helps patient safety, gives opportunity for social involvement and helps them achieve a certain level of independence in the society.
Getting lost is one of the most common distressing symptoms of persons with dementia and their families and carers, this may involve the police and in certain tragic cases resulting in death.
This features brings the family and friends in one group. It stores their pictures contact links, and memories.
The system will also have the facility to keep on adding friends and family member to their groups or files, or modifying any present group or files. Family and friends anywhere in the world can participate, and communicate which will encourage dementia person’s communication and bring back memories.
My Hobbies section, while tapped on or clicked, opens a whole new world of activity and recollection of their sweet old memories. This could include a collection of pictures or videos related to their hobbies.
This could also include scanned images of achievements, awards, certificates etc. along with videos or voice notes related to their hobbies. This will help them think about their good old memories, thereby boosting up thought process and making them feel better.
This feature captures person’s important moments of his/ her life. Holidays pictures, wedding anniversaries, important events at work and photographs of colleagues.
All the above will be at one place and with a touch of button he or she can play and relish those memories. It’s also includes establishing the Life Story of a person, with the aim of facilitating person centred care.
This feature enables the person to find a list of his favourite songs or musical tracks, which he/she frequently listen to. There is also option to add new songs / tracks, suggest download from specific or generic websites which allows free download. Save to wish list where all the favourite tracks will be consolidated. The feature also has audio / video player which supports almost all extensions.
It also provides option to view a list of his/her favourite films frequently watched. The feature could be facilitated through YouTube, or any other social media sites which supports easy view / download of films or musical tracks. This feature also supports adding files to favourite which could easily be played later.
The feature also includes an extensive library from which the patient can select his/her musical track, films, documentaries etc. which they like.